The Activities Industry Mutual Board is currently made up of six directors.
Finance Director of Rockley Watersports, Peter started life as a dinghy instructor and slowly worked upwards. He was keen for his company to join the Mutual as he felt it understood the adventure activities industry and the risks involved. He feels that the Mutual offers benefits not normally available in the conventional insurance market, in particular the Board’s power to agree claims which are not included in the cover. Peter sits on various other committees including the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Committee, the Wessex British Marine Federation and National Boat Shows - Vice Chairman (Southampton and London).
Andrew Gardiner, originally a teacher in Birmingham, founded Acorn in 1983, a company which now runs seven adventure centres in UK and continental Europe as well as organising ski holidays, and a wide variety of educational travel programmes for schools.
Andrew’s enthusiasms, as well as his family, of course, include the theatre, cycling, trekking, and India where he operates adventure programmes for school groups and families.
Andrew has been an enthusiastic supporter of mutuality and AIM from the very beginning and has served on the board since it was formed in 2007. Andrew believes that AIM has an enormous contribution to make for its members and also for the wider activity sector.
Bob Edwards is the manager of a large multi adventure and outdoor education activity centre near London.
Bob sees that cooperation and information sharing are essential to the success and development of small, independent and not for profit operations and considers his position on the board as being a way of contributing to the industry.
Co-founder of Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre in Somerset, now run with her son Matt. Mill on the Brue has been operating for 30 years and has won many awards both for staff training and caring for the environment. She has supported Activities Industry Mutual from its conception because it was designed solely for the members of the adventure activity and environmental studies industries. She is also Vice Chair of the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA), of which Mill on the Brue was a founder, and a member of the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL).
Paul is co-owner of the Foundry Climbing Centre (Sheffield), Foundry Activity Centre (Great Hucklow) and Cragx Climbing Shop. Established in 1990, the Foundry was the UK’s first privately owned, dedicated climbing centre and has introduced thousands of young people and adults to the sport. Paul was also instrumental in setting up the Association of British Climbing Walls Ltd and establishing the Climbing Wall Operators Guidelines. As an AIM Member, Paul considers the Mutual to be a key strategic partner in helping to run the Foundry safely and professionally, and it is his hope that he can continue in former Director, Steve Taylor’s, (Castle Climbing) footsteps in providing support to the Board to the benefit of the many climbing and bouldering walls that continue to be built throughout the UK.
Paul is married with three children and has travelled extensively. He is an active climber, fellrunner and surfer.